What We Offer
We act for individual parties/countries/organizations in negotiations, facilitate negotiation and mediation processes, educate and capacity build to pass on vital skills and substantive knowledge, and conduct project and program evaluations.
Highly cost effective 3 and 4 day training and capacity building sessions, custom designed to meet your international waters governance needs and objectives, including by teaching you how to negotiate, using real world negotiation simulation exercises, case studies, cross cultural communication and experiential learning.
Negotiating and implementing international waters governance arrangements in a wide range of areas including benefit sharing, data and information sharing, institutional architecture, dispute prevention, dispute resolution, finance, resilience and climate change, compliance and enforcement and beyond.
Our team uses multiple negotiation approaches and decades of experience to find the ideal strategy for your situation. We build capacity and help negotiate international waters governance arrangements, including for benefit sharing, data and information sharing and exchange, finance, institutional architecture, and dispute resolution. We have worked with countless of clients on numerous negotiation projects, including the Nile Basin Initiative ("Nile River Basin Decision Support System Agreement"), the Mekong River Commission ("Mekong River Basin Prior Notification & Consultation Protocol"), and the World Bank ("Draft Agreement for a Water & Energy Consortium for the Aral Sea Basin"). See more
Our team specializes in systemic and objective evaluations that determine the relevance and success of project and program objectives, efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability, and impact. We have a group of multidisciplinary experts that have gained through experience the knowledge and understanding how projects and programs thrive. This team has evaluated many projects and programs throughout the years, with some examples including the UNDP and UNEP "IW:LEARN 2 (International Waters: Learning Exchange and Resource Network 2)" project, the GEP and UNDP "Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystem" project, and the GEF and UNDP "Lullemeden Aquifer" project. See more
Our team strives to work at the intersection of science, traditional knowledge, and legal systems to bring clients a unified and diverse governance arrangement. We facilitate conflict resolution, design institutional architecture, optimize benefit sharing, and implement enforcement to ensure the client's objectives, culture, and rights. Our team has experience in advising Aboriginal governments and communities, national, state/provincial and local governments, NGOs, and the private sector. Some specific examples include: international trade agreements (British Columbia), First Nations fisheries allocation and co-management (Tsawwassen First Nations), and agreements for development of water and energy resources on international rivers (Nepal Water & Energy Commission Secretariat). See more
Training and Capacity Building
Our team empowers our clients and gives them the tools they need to take action. We strengthen their capabilities to develop, implement, and assess through adaptive management as they act upon their current challenges and opportunities. Most of our past work focuses on capacity building and training in negotiations and conflict resolution within International Water and Energy Law. Some examples of previous clients in this work include: the Global Environmental Facility, the FAO in the Nile River Basin, the Mekong River Commission Secretariat, the World Bank in the Aral Sea Basin, UNDP, the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventative Diplomacy for Central Asia in the Aral Sea Basin, UNEP, El Colegio de Mexico, and the Leadership for Environment and Development. See more